Facebook says the ad violates its policies of violence and incitement, while Twitter blocks video sharing.
Facebook has removed a video from the campaign of the Republican candidate for the US Senate from Missouri Eric Grietens which shows him brandishing a rifle and declaring that he is hunting RINO, an acronym that means Republicans In Name Only.
RINO is a mockery term used by former President Donald Trump and his allies to label moderate or established Republicans.
In a video ad for Monday’s campaign, Greytens, a former Missouri governor who resigned in disgrace in 2018, is surrounded by an armed tactical unit in front of a tree-lined home as he whispers, “RINO is eating corruption and is marked by stripes of cowardice.
The armed tactical team then breaks through the front door and throws in what looks like lightning. Greytens enters an empty living room through the smoke and says, “Join the MAGA team. Get a RINO hunting permit. There is no limit to luggage, no limit to marking and it does not expire until we save our country. “
Facebook said the video was removed “in violation of our policies prohibiting violence and incitement.”
Twitter said Gratens’ post violated the rules of abuse, but left it because it was in the “public interest” for the tweet to be visible. The move by Twitter prevented further sharing of the post.
Greytens responded by saying that “Big Technology,” a term Trump often uses for large technology companies, “interferes” in elections and “puts his thumb on the scales.”
“When I am a US senator, I will fight the disgusting tech oligarchs to steal more elections,” he wrote on Twitter.
The video comes at a time of renewed focus on violence in politics following fatal mass shootings and threats against government officials.
Two weeks ago, a man carrying a pistol, a knife and zippers was arrested near the Supreme Court. Brett Cavanaugh’s house after threatening to kill justice.
At about the same time, a gunman killed a retired Wisconsin county judge before he was fatally shot, and he had a list that included the names of the governor of Michigan Gretchen WhitmerRepublican Senate leader Mitch McConnell and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers.
On Sunday, Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, one of two Republicans serving on a House committee investigating January 6 Capitol Uprisinghe said he had recently received a letter at his home threatening to “execute me as well as my wife and my 5-month-old child”.
Greytens is among the Republican candidates in a highly competitive environment August 2 primary to fill the vacancy vacated by retired Republican Sen. Roy Blunt. The provocative ad came as Greytens sought to improve his poll stance, encourage poor fundraising and pass by graphic allegations of domestic violence in an affidavit filed by his ex-wife in March in their custody case. over children.
Other candidates in the Senate race also condemned the video. Republican Sen. Dave Shatz called it “completely irresponsible.”
“That’s why I’m running. It is time to restore common sense and reject this nonsense. “Missouri deserves better,” Shatz tweeted.
– Dave Shatz (@DaveSchatzMO) June 20, 2022
Greytens’ campaign dismissed the outrage over the new ad.
“If someone doesn’t understand the metaphor, he’s either lying or dumb,” campaign manager Dylan Johnson said in a statement.
Once a rocking state, Missouri has become a more reliable Republican in recent years.
But the Senate race is still receiving national attention because some of the Republican establishment are worried that Graytens will be vulnerable to a Democrat in November. Because the Senate is evenly divided, the Republican Party cannot afford to lose what would otherwise be a safe place.